Speaking of Cong Bao Hui (also called as “shallot stuffed pancake“, or “Green Onion Wrap Fried Bread Stick“), native people of Hangzhou certainly know it well. It is a popular dim-sum through all streets and lanes of Hangzhou. Cong Bao Hui is made of ordinary materials with simple cooking methods. It is a bit like a crepe with a deep-fried breadstick, shallots, sweet or spicy sauce and pickled in between.

Cong Bao Hui

First, using the spring pancake to wrap a fried bread stick and several green onions, and then put it on a flat pan to bake. At last, eat it with chili sauce or sweet sauce. It is said in Southern Song Dynasty, people hated the bad minister Qin Hui, who killed Yue Fei. Then, they made the paste shaped like Qin Hui and fried it in the pan. It is what theshallot stuffed pancake formed. And this stack is called Cong Bao Hui.

Pancake serves as an appetizer before the start of a main meal or a dessert at the end of a main meal. In some occasions, pancakes serve as a finger food or a light snack along with brewing hot coffee or soup.

Ingredients for Cong Bao Hui:

250 g batter
375 ml Water
1 tablespoon Vegetable oil, plus extra for cooking the pancakes
125 g Raw shrimps, peeled and deveined
100 g Pork fillet, minced
1 Shallot, finely chopped
125 g Bean sprouts

When Serving :

Few pieces Lettuce leaves
1 Cucumber, deseeded and grated
1 sprig Mint leaves and coriander (cilantro) leaves
1 sauce bowl Nuoc cham dipping sauce

Steps to cook Cong Bao Hui (Makes 8)

1,Mix the flour and water together thoroughly in a bowl and leave it to stand while you prepare the filling.

2,Heat up the vegetable oil in a wok and stir-fry the shrimps, pork, shallot and bean sprouts for 3 minutes until cooked.

3, Brush a 20 cm frying pan with a little oil and place over a high heat.

4, Pour in enough batter to cover the bottom of the pan and tip any excess back into the bowl,

5, Spread a thin layer of filling on to one half of the pancake, fold the other half over it and cook for about 5 minutes, until the bottom is crisp.

6, Turn the pancake over and continue to cook for another one or two minutes, then remove to a plate.

7, Continue until you have made all 8 pancakes.

8, To serve, cut the pancakes into pieces and wrap each piece inside a lettuce leaf with the cucumber and a few herbs.

shallot stuffed pancake

9, Eat with nuoc cham dipping sauce.

Golden in color,  taken with spicy or sweet sauce, Cong Bao Hui can be served as an appetizer before the start of a main meal or a dessert at the end of a main meal. In some occasions, pancakes serve as a finger food or a light snack along with brewing hot coffee or soup.

{August 18, 2010} {Tags: , , }